I think we are seeing a slow shift to something with which Europeans are more familiar than Australians, a more-or-less stable multi-party system.
What amazes me is, whenever they’re not pointing fingers and directing bile at each other, their policies are often the same.
This article puts forward a simple thesis. The expectation that the elected members of a party toe their party line is the complete antithesis of democracy.
The most intriguing aspect is the inability of insiders to provide a coherent account of what is actually going on. How did Donald Trump, you know, happen?
Labor and Liberal are both to blame. Well might Australians say, 'a plague on both your houses'.
So let's all step up! Let's make a stand on moral principle and commit to making more ethical food choices in the future to reduce animal suffering.
Reports of more terrorist attacks force us to once again address the question: why are westerners enlisting with ISIS?
As with multiculturalism, diversity does not seem to include the possibility of syncretism or the evolution of new forms of culture out of existing forms.
It seems to me that ‘social justice’ is best seen as an aspiration, and that we will never achieve it.
As I have argued in earlier essays, I do not think that fussing over ‘inequality’ gets us anywhere, unless we are talking about inequalities in access to publicly provided health, or justice, or education.
Social progress, meanwhile, was not about attempting to weaken and re-engineer age-old institutions but about nourishing the existing social bonds of families, communities and voluntary associations.
In contrast to a build-up of arms in preparation for war, promoting peace required different values, a different literacy and language.